MTR Corp. is refusing to introduce female-only carriages despite increasing complaints about harassment and attacks against women.
Hong Kong’s mass railway operator said it has no plans to change its policy, Apple Daily reports.
So-called “pink carriages” are in use in crowded cars in Beijing, Japan, Taiwan and many other places to separate women from men.
MTR officials said segregating the sexes would have a negative impact on passenger flow between carriages.
The company said such an arrangement would make it more difficult for MTR staff to manage passenger traffic, especially during rush hours.
Au Yeung Po-chun, vice chairperson of the Hong Kong Women Development Association, said MTR has no reason to keep using management difficulty as an excuse because other Asian cities have proven the arrangement is doable.
“If the East Rail Line can have quiet cars, why can’t MTR have women-only carriages？” she said.
She said MTR should at least try so that female passengers can have a choice and other passengers can learn to adapt.
Data from the Railway Police District shows on-board crimes against women have significantly increased.
A total of 494 such crimes were reported in the first half, including 120 cases of indecent assault and taking upskirt photos, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Both numbers were up more than 20 percent from a year earlier, with the youngest offender aged only 13.
Meanwhile, 242 theft-related cases were reported during the period, down 21 percent year on year.
The police department said it will deploy more officers to MTR stations.
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